Brand collaborations in the bicycle industry are booming. Now there is a new team on the cycling horizon of Berne: The Swiss brands suplest from Burgdorf and the start-up ILEVE DISTRICT from Stettlen have teamed up to launch the N°3 cycling glasses. With just 20 km apart, both companies are pushing the boundaries of function and quality. It’s not only the geographical proximity that connects them – they both share great commitment to independent design language. «We ventured into new territory. The thrilling thing was to create an eyewear design that fits suplest» says Robert Gehrig, co-owner and Head of Development & Design at suplest. «Form follows function» adds Simon Krähenbühl, owner and Head of Design & Development at ILEVE DISTRICT, «we focus on the essentials, ensuring our eyewear excels in both function and comfort».
ENGINEERED AND 3D PRINTED IN SWITZERLAND
The glasses feature the screwless, patented click-in hinge from ILEVE DISTRICT, ensuring a secure connection between the front and temples. Countless facial data were analyzed to design a seamlessly integrated nose pad, eliminating the need for short-lived silicone nose pads. With a modular design, spare parts can be easily replaced, and the material can be recycled professionally. The glasses are 3D printed and thanks to the innovative technology, the frames are manufactured 100% in Switzerland. In addition to local manufacturing, 3D printing offers many advantages as the material is exceptionally well suited to meet the rigorous demands of sports: weighing just 28 grams, the glasses are among the lightest on the market. The tough elastic material ensures exceptional durability, while the temples can be adjusted to fit any head shape.
LIMITED TO 99 PIECES
The frame N°3 comes in a limited edition of 99 pieces, featuring a grey category 3 lens that enhances contrast and provides 100% UV protection. Thanks to its water- and dirt-repellent coating, the lens is robust, durable, and easy to clean. On the left temple, you will find the 3D-printed bear – the emblem of suplest and iconic bear of Berne. The cycling glasses are accompanied by a glasses bag and a Swiss-made glasses case.